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Purple Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum)

Purple Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum)

Image: Prairie Nursery 


Purple Joe-Pye Weed, Eupatorium purpureum, is a hardy perennial with tall, upright stems that can reach heights of 4 to 7’, and a spread of 2 to 4’. The most distinctive feature is its flower display: large, mauve-pink to purple clusters of tiny flowers that appear in the late summer and persist into the fall. It likes full sun or partial shade and likes moist, well-drained soil. Its nectar attracts Monarchs, Swallowtails, and many other butterflies and pollinators. It is tolerant of a range of soil conditions, including clay soil.Its shallow roots won’t interfere with other garden plants. Generally pest and disease resistant. Can be susceptible to powdery mildew in humid conditions, or damage from snails and slugs. 


Care: Plant in full sun or partial shade in moist, well-drained soil. Dividing the clumps every few years can help encourage growth and control the spread.


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